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Finding Inner Courage
by Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo has been interviewed by Oprah on her "Soul Series" radio network and his "The Book of the Awakening" has been featured in "O, The Oprah Magazine" and on the Oprah TV show. In this book, Mark invites readers to explore their own inner core through the stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions. These a ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Conari Press
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Jul 26, 2012 Janet rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This Nepo title is a little more challening as the essays are three or four pages. The author has a unique way of presenting viewpoints from many faiths and also naming a particular concept in a faith and explaining that this is the name for it in other faiths. There is much to learn from Nepo's writing and he is definately in the category of mine called "on going reads" the books you can't give up reading because there are more nuggets of wisdom to know.
I must admit first off that I have only read two chapters of this book and a bit in the back. From this I gathered that it is important to stand by one's inner self, one's core, and that is true courage. That was helpful. For those of you interested, Nepo does not seem to be a Christian, but rather appears to be a universalist. I started getting worn out with the chapter in the book referring to wrestling with God in the valleys, as Jacob/Israel did at Bethel, to find our inner core (not, the au ...more
Mark Nepo is a wonderful writer. I don't enjoy him so much in audio though as i listened to this book. The reasons are twofold: his writing is so rich its like being rushed down a gourmet buffet, it's too fast to absorb much and it gets frustrating because you only gey quick tastes. The other is his voice. Now this may he very telling about me and my personality but his voice is usually dripping with compassion and it gets to me after awhile. The tone is that he is letting you down easy and I fi ...more
Wow. Reading this book has introduced me to my new favorite author, Mark Nepo. This guy is deeper than deep! "Finding Inner Courage" is written so eloquently and is profoundly meaningful. Great insights about living a more authentic life, finding meaning in life's struggles, and embracing darker moments in life in order to become more fully alive. This is one of those books you want to read twice because there is so much to take in.
This is the first time I've read Mark nepo and so far it's a wonderful book. His writing is nothing less than eloquent. It's come along at a summer in my life that has been challenging, sad, and difficult. This reading has helped me turn those feelings into hope and awakening. It was a book I will go to again and again.
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“there is a great choice that awaits us every day: whether we go around carving holes in others because we have been so painfully carved ourselves, or whether we let spirit play its song through our tender experience, enabling us to listen, as well, to the miraculous music coming through others.”More quotes…